Johnson & Sundeen Attorneys at Law
Local: 701-444-2211 Toll Free: 888-783-8447
Providing quality legal expertise with common sense and small-town service.

City and County Government

North Dakota counties and cities are creatures of statute, which means their actions are limited by laws and ordinances. It is imperative that the governing bodies and officials understand these limitations. Each county and city enjoys different opportunities and each one faces different challenges. Sound legal counsel aids governing bodies in making decisions to exploit opportunities and overcome challenges in a sound, legal manner. Our attorneys have served in various capacities at the county and city level, including as retained counsel and as elected officials. Our office currently serves as the city attorney for Alexander, Arnegard, and Epping and as attorney for the zoning boards of Dunn County and McKenzie County. One of our attorneys is also the deputy states attorney for Dunn County. Our partners have a combined 50+ years experience as the elected states attorneys in McKenzie County (Dennis Johnson, 1982-2013) and Dunn County (Ross Sundeen, 1996-2014).

Private citizens have the right to serve in their local government, as well as the right to hold their government accountable to the law. Government bodies must follow specific laws and procedures in conducting their operations. Sometimes those entities step beyond their rights and harm private citizens. Our attorneys can help ensure your rights are protected.

Our city and county government experience includes:

  • Advising government leaders to accomplish their constituents’ goals while respecting applicable constitutional and legal rules
  • Drafting ordinances and regulations
  • Drafting and revising contracts
  • Prosecuting law and ordinance violations
  • Land sales
  • Disposition of government property
  • Assisting in elections
  • Collecting unpaid fees
  • Government litigation
  • Contesting eminent domain and condemnation takings
  • Resisting illegal assessment of fines and fees
  • And much more
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Partner: Dennis Johnson

Dennis has been practicing law, and specializing in oil & gas litigation, in Watford City since 1980.

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Partner: Ross Sundeen

In addition to practicing law with Johnson & Sundeen, Ross is the Assistant Dunn County States Attorney.

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Partner: Ariston Johnson

Ariston joined JSLO in 2011 and has an excellent track record arguing appellate cases before the North Dakota Supreme Court.

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Partner: Aaron Weber

Aaron also worked as a wildland firefighter for four summers while in college. He received various certifications and was on one of the largest fires in New Mexico state history, the Las Conchas Fire.

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